T-50A in the News
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company // Nov. 8, 2017
Lockheed Martin test pilot Mark "Red" Ward reached a new milestone by becoming the first pilot to reach 100 flight hours in the the T-50A, the company's offering for the U.S. Air Force's Advanced Pilot Training (APT) competition.
Military Simulation & Training Magazine // Oct. 6, 2017
The T-50A Aircraft from Lockheed Martin, a trainer plane, has flown its 100th sortie this month at the Greenville, South Carolina facility. A milestone in the pursuit of the T-X contracts from the U.S. government to replace the Air Force fleet of training aircrafts.
Aerotech News // Oct. 4, 2017
Lockheed Martin achieved a new milestone this week as the T-50A aircraft flew its 100th sortie at the Greenville, S.C. facility.
This flight continues to demonstrate the company’s low-risk, Ready Now approach to the Advanced Pilot Training (APT) competition.
Military.com // Sept. 20, 2017
Lockheed Martin shows off their T-50A simulator.
DefenseNews // Sept. 20, 2017
Lockheed Martin's Michael Griswold, director of T-50 business development, says the company is ready to go on Day One if selected for the U.S. Air Force's T-X trainer program.
Defense and Aerospace Report // Sept. 19, 2017
Mike Griswold, capture lead for Lockheed Martin’s T-50 program, discusses the advantages of the Lockheed Martin/KAI T-50 aircraft-training system combo — the company’s entry into the US Air Force’s T-X Trainer competition — and says it’s ready to immediately start production on it if it wins during a Sept. 19, 2017, interview at the Air Force Association’s 2017 Air, Space & Cyber conference and trade show in National Harbor, Md.
Air Force Magazine // John A. Tirpak // Sept. 18, 2017
The training syllabus for the Lockheed Martin/Korean Aerospace Industries T-50A is so common to that of the F-16 that Air Combat Command could offload 50 percent of tasks taught on the F-16 to the T-50A, Lockheed Martin consultant retired Gen. Don Cook said Monday in promoting the jet.
WXIX-TV (Cincinnati) // Kriss Nuss // June 27, 2017
“Regular pilots will never do what test pilots do to a plane,” Mark “Red” Ward confided while at the Dayton Air Show. “It’s all about safety for the next guy. We go over every position of the plane- it’s engineering versus pilot. We analyze and go forward, using our pilot skills to test the engineers.”
Associated Press // June 23, 2017
The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and Lockheed Martin's newest jet trainer will be featured at annual air show this weekend in southwestern Ohio. Organizers of the Vectren Dayton Air Show say Lockheed Martin's new T-50A aircraft will be featured at the event Saturday and Sunday at Dayton International Airport.
CNBC // Morgan Brennan // April 20, 2017
President Donald Trump has repeatedly pledged to rebuild the military, while simultaneously lamenting weapons' costs.
Given budget impasses on Capitol Hill, his big spending plans have been met with a healthy dose of skepticism. But to better understand how America's armed forces could truly undergo a "great rebuilding" as costs come down, look no further than the U.S. Air Force's Advanced Pilot Training competition, known as the T-X Trainer.
CNBC // Morgan Brennan //April 19, 2017
CNBC tries out Lockheed Martin’s T-50A trainer jet ahead of a $16 billion competition to decide who will produce the U.S. Air Force's next-generation trainer planes.
Upstate Business Journal // Andrew Moore // April 10, 2017
After months of development and testing, Lockheed Martin has submitted its aircraft design for the United States Air Force’s Advanced Pilot Training competition – a bid that could possibly create 200 jobs for Greenville.
“The T-50A uniquely balances maturity with fifth-generation adaptability, which will deliver ahead of schedule and on-cost. Simply put, we are ready now,” said Orlando Carvalho, executive vice president of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics.
Greenville Online // Maayan Schechter // April 10, 2017
U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham urged President Donald Trump on Monday to choose defense contractor Lockheed Martin to build the next training fighter jet for the U.S. Air Force as part of a pitch to secure the contract.
In front of Lockheed executives and elected officials, Graham called it a "good deal" for the U.S. and taxpayers.
Flight Global // Leigh Giangreco // Feb. 21, 2017
There was no turning back from my maiden trainer voyage aboard a Lockheed Martin T-50A once the glass canopy closed down above my head. As we slowly taxied down the runway, I mentally prepared myself for the moment I would flatten into my seat upon takeoff. But the afterburner helped lift the T-50 off at 124 knots in 1200 feet for such a smooth departure that I would be disappointed with my commercial flight back home later that evening.
Upstate Business Journal // Rudolph Bell // Feb. 21, 2017
Lockheed Martin Corp. is now flying two T50A military jets from its complex in southern Greenville County as it continues a campaign to supply 350 of the supersonic aircraft to the U.S. Air Force for training fighter pilots.
The Bethesda, Md.-based defense contractor said it began flying a second T50A from its facility at the South Carolina Technology and Aviation Center on Feb. 20. The first took to the skies over SCTAC’s Donaldson Field on Nov. 19.
Aviation Tribune // Feb. 20, 2017
Two Lockheed Martin T-50A aircraft are now soaring together in the skies over Greenville, South Carolina. The inaugural Feb. 20 flight of the second production-ready T-50A from Lockheed Martin’s Advanced Pilot Training (APT) operations center in Greenville further demonstrates the company’s established, lowest-risk offering in the U.S. Air Force’s T-X competition.
Upstate Business Journal // Rudolph Bell // Dec. 12, 2016
The military jet that Lockheed Martin Corp. hopes to assemble in Greenville County for the U.S. Air Force has begun flying over local skies. The defense contractor first flew the T50A trainer at its complex in southern Greenville County on Nov. 19, and showed it off to reporters on Dec. 8.
GreenvilleOnline.com // Nathaniel Cary // Dec. 9, 2016
Defense contractor Lockheed Martin is positioning itself as the low-cost, low-risk bidder in an all-out competition between four companies in a year-long battle to win a contract to build a new training jet for the U.S. Air Force.
Winning the contract would mean $8 billion to $10 billion in business for Lockheed Martin, and it would add 180-200 new competitive-wage jobs at the contractor’s Greenville facility over the next 16 years, said Don Erickson, Lockheed’s Greenville operations site director.
Flight Global // Stephen Trimble // Dec. 8, 2016
A newly-converted factory in Greenville, South Carolina, was opened for to the press for the first time to give journalists a tour of the company’s proposed final assembly line, suite of ground-based training system demonstrators and even a brief flying display of the first of two Lockheed/KAI F/A-50s to arrive in the USA for a risk-reduction activity.
GSA Business // Matthew Clark // Dec. 8, 2016
Lockheed Martin officials said they are nearly ready to start final assembly and checkout of its T-50A fighter trainer aircraft.
The T-50A will be the company’s entrant into the U.S. Air Force’s Advanced Pilot Training competition — requests for proposal from the Air Force are expected by the end of the year. Winning the competition could mean 180-200 new jobs at the Greenville operations facility at the S.C. Technology and Aviation Center.
Combat Aircraft // Nov. 22, 2016
Lockheed Martin has commenced flight operations of its T-50A at its Greenville, South Carolina, T-50A final assembly and check out (FACO) facility. TX-2 was shipped from South Korea and returned to flight status in mid-November, and TX-1 is expected to follow upon completion of its supersonic trials, in order to be flying from Greenville in early February.
GSA Business Report // Matthew Clark // Nov. 22, 2016
The entrant into a Air Force competition to be the next training jet for fighter pilots has made its first flight over Greenville. Lockheed Martin completed the first flight operations of the T-50A on Saturday.
“Flight operations are in full swing at the Greenville facility,” said Rob Fuller, communications senior manager for Lockheed Martin in Marietta, Ga.
Defense One // Marcus Weisgerber // Oct. 20,2016
Lockheed Martin could build new training jets for the U.S. Air Force more quickly than its competitors — enough to save $1 billion over six years, a top company executive said. And the service ought to take that into account as it evaluates bids for the $15 billion T-X project, he said.
National Defense // Vivienne Machi // Sept. 19,2016
Lockheed Martin executives are making the case that the T-50A aircraft, produced with Korea Aerospace Industries, is the U.S. Air Force’s safest bet to replace its aging jet trainers.
Popular Mechanics // Kyle Mizokami // Sept. 12, 2016
Lockheed Martin has just released a new video detailing its proposed jet trainer, the T-50A. Meant to modernize the Air Force's flight training programs, the T-X program will replace the 1960s-era T-38 Talon with a fleet of modern jets better capable of preparing pilots for their assignments flying the most advanced planes in the world.
National Defense // Stew Magnuson // Sept. 2016
After years of waiting for the Air Force to move forward with a program to build a new end-to-end jet fighter training system, four teams have come forward to compete for the potentially lucrative contract.
Two of those teams have training aircraft being sold internationally that they say fit all the Air Force requirements. Raytheon and its partner Alenia Aermacchi, part of the Leonardo group of companies, are offering the T-100, which is based on the Italian manufacturer’s M-346.
GovConWire // Anna Forrester // Aug. 18, 2016
Lockheed Martin has opened a pilot training facility for the T-50A trainer aircraft in South Carolina as it eyes the U.S. Air Force‘s T-X trainer replacement contract, ExecutiveBiz reported Wednesday.
The company said Tuesday the facility will house tooling and manufacturing equipment for the T-50A’s final assembly as well as the Ground-Based Training System.
Fort Worth Business Journal // A. Lee Graham //Aug. 18,2016
Lockheed Martin Corp.’s economic impact on Fort Worth could soar even higher if the Maryland-based firm secures a federal contract to provide trainer aircraft for the U.S. Air Force, according to company officials.
“Some of the work is going to be done right here in Fort Worth, Texas,” said Orlando Carvalho, executive vice president of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, the Maryland company’s Fort Worth-based aeronautics division.
UPI // Geoff Ziezulewicz // July 26, 2016
Lockheed Martin and Korea Aerospace Industries have successfully completed the initial test flight of the second T-50A trainer aircraft, Lockheed announced Tuesday.
The tests for the aircraft, which is being offered in the U.S. Air Force's Advanced Pilot Training competition, took place in South Korea, Lockheed said in a statement.
Washington Business Journal // James Bach // July 21, 2016
Lockheed Martin Corp. CEO Marillyn Hewson is standing firmly behind the company’s entrant into the U.S. Air Force’s future aircraft trainer replacement program, calling it an “excellent offering” on a second-quarter earnings call with analysts on Tuesday.
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Aviation Week // Joe Anselmo // July 11, 2016
Hewson also expressed confidence that Lockheed’s upgraded T-50A trainer, which recently made it first flight, will be a strong competitor in a crowded competition for an upcoming U.S. Air Force contract to replace its aging T-38 trainers. Teams led by Boeing, Northrop Grumman and Raytheon are also expected to bid.
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Popular Mechanics // Eric Tegler // June 21, 2016
U.S. Air Force pilots fly the most advanced aircraft in the world. But they learn to fly on some seriously old planes.
Northrop's T-38 advanced jet trainer entered service in 1961. More than five decades later, the Air Force still operates about 400 that have been updated with heads-up (HUD) displays, GPS, and modern navigation systems. But the T-38 can't fly forever. Even now, it is no longer a practical trainer to prepare pilots for aircraft like the F-22 and F-35. According to the Air Force, 12 of 18 advanced pilot training tasks can't be completed with the T-38.
The National Interest // June 12, 2016
Lockheed Martin is offering its T-50A jet trainer—which was co-developed with South Korea—for the U.S. Air Force’s T-X Advanced Pilot Training program. In preparation for the forthcoming contest, the first of two T-50A prototypes made its first flight on June 2, 2016, in Sacheon, South Korea, with company test pilot Mark Ward at the controls.
CNN // June 9, 2016
The Air Force has been flying fifth generation advanced fighter jets for 11 years now, but believe it or not, it's still training pilots for planes like the F-35 and F-22 with aircraft designed more than a half century ago.
Plans are in the works to build a new advanced fighter jet trainer, and this month, Lockheed Martin flew its candidate for the first time.
Upstate Business Journal // June 9, 2016
Lockheed Martin’s T-50A jet trainer completed its initial flight test in Sacheon, South Korea, on June 2, signaling the aerospace company’s readiness to compete in the U.S. Air Force Advanced Pilot Training competition.
Defense News // June 2, 2016
Lockheed Martin is standing up its final assembly and support facility for the T-50A advanced trainer in Greenville, South Carolina, as the aircraft enters flight testing in South Korea ahead of the U.S. Air Force’s T-X competition, expected to get underway late this year or early ...
Defense News // June 2, 2016
Lockheed Martin's upgraded T-50A jet trainer successfully completed its first flight test, a key milestone for the aircraft Lockheed is offering for the Air Force's next-generation trainer fleet.
The flight took place in Sacheon, South Korea, as the T-50A is currently manufactured there jointly by Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) and Lockheed Martin.
Flight Global // June 2, 2016
Lockheed Martin staged the first flight of an updated version of the T-50 trainer co-developed with Korean Aerospace Industries to compete for the US Air Force T-X contract on 2 June in Sacheon, South Korea, the company says.
The single-engined, two-seat trainer was modified for the T-X competition with a spine-mounted receptacle that is compatible with an USAF aerial refueling boom, glass cockpit displays, embedded training software and an open architecture mission system.
GSA Business // Feb. 11, 2016
The final assembly and checkout (FACO) of a joint venture between Lockheed Martin Corp. and Korea Aerospace Industries will be performed in Greenville.
Maryland-based Lockheed Martin announced the Greenville Operations facility located at the S.C. Technology and Aviation Center will handle the final assembly for the T-50A aircraft the company is offering in the U.S. Air Force’s Advanced Pilot Training (APT) competition.
UPI // Feb. 11, 2016
Lockheed Martin is offering its T-50A training aircraft for use in the U.S. Air Force's Advanced Pilot Training competition.
The T-50A was jointly developed by Lockheed Martin and Korea Aerospace Industries as a way to bridge the gap between fourth and fifth generation aircraft training. The plane is designed to have fighter-like flight capabilities, similar to the F-16, F-22 and F-35.
Defense News // Feb. 11, 2016
Lockheed Martin has decided not to offer a clean-sheet design for the US Air Force’s T-X program, instead moving forward with the original plan to offer the T-50A to replace the service's aging T-38 trainer fleet.
Reuters // Feb. 11, 2016
Lockheed Martin Corp on Thursday said it would offer a modified version of its T-50 training jet developed jointly with Korea Aerospace Industries Ltd, instead of a newly designed plane, in the upcoming U.S. Air Force competition to build 350 new training planes.
The U.S. Air Force aims to launch the competition in 2017 to replace its ageing fleet of T-38 planes, which are nearly 50 years old, and analysts have said it could eventually buy up to 600 planes.